AHEPA British Columbia Awards $15K in Scholarships at Annual Dinner

[L-R] Bernadette Falias PCP DOP (Scholarship Chair); the 14 recipients, and AHEPA District Governor George Vassilas. Photo credit: Kostas Karatsikis
AHEPA District #26 (British Columbia) held their 29th Annual Scholarship Dinner on Saturday, January 13th 2018, where $15,000.00 in scholarships were awarded to the most exceptional students from BC.

The event, which was held at the Vancouver Hellenic Community Centre, was attended by over 180 people.

Honourary guests included Raymond Louie; acting Mayor City of Vancouver, and Tassoula Berggren; Honourary Consul of Cyprus.

Each year, AHEPA chapters around the world, award close to one million dollars in scholarships; and British Columbia leads the way in Canada for the amount awarded.

The diligent committee in Vancouver works close to 6 months every year, to ensure that worthy students are rewarded for their hard work.

The Vancouver committee includes: John Preovolos, Bernadette Falias, Paul Michael, John Alevras, George Skrivanos, Gus Niketas, and George Vassilas; who also serves as AHEPA District #26 Governor.

For Hellenic students in BC, applications for these scholarships are available every August, and they can be picked up at the local Greek Church.

Students can also apply for scholarships directly from AHEPA Canada, by following this link.

Here’s the full list of the Scholarships Awarded:

$1000.00 Daughters of Penelope Scholarship
Recipient: Maria Liaskas

$1000.00 AHEPA Gladstone Scholarship
Recipient: Konstantinos Velegrinos

$1000.00 AHEPA District #26 Scholarship
Recipient: Anna Tsigounis

$1000.00 AHEPA District #26 Scholarship
Recipient: John Yoldassis

$1000.00 AHEPA District #26 Scholarship
Recipient: Magdalina Koseos

$1000.00 AHEPA District #26 Scholarship
Recipient: Alexia Ziskos

$1000.00 Sia Zelis Memorial Bursary
Recipient: Leah E. Polychronopoulos

$1000.00 Andy & Katie Clerides Scholarship
Recipient: Olympia Pappa

$1000.00 Mouzourakis Family Scholarship
Recipient: Callum A. McPhee

$1000.00 Christos Nicolaou Trade Scholarship
Recipient: Speros Ganatios

$1000.00 Nick & Toula Mesotopitis Scholarship
(In Memory of Aphrodite Arvanitis)
Recipient: Athanasia Pappa

$1000.00 George Bonnis Scholarship
In memory of all the Bonnis Family members that have served AHEPA
Recipient: Aspasia Goundouvas

$1500.00 Greek Orthodox Community of East Vancouver
Recipient: Athina Pilarinos

$1500.00 Dimitrios & Antonia Bonnis Scholarship
Recipient: Zoe Elena Diomis

Founded in 1922 in Atlanta, Georgia, on the principles that undergirded its fight for civil rights and against discrimination, bigotry, and hatred felt at the hands of the Ku Klux Klan, AHEPA is the largest and oldest grassroots association of citizens of Greek heritage and Philhellenes with more than 400 chapters across the United States, Canada, Australia and Europe.  

 AHEPA’s mission is to promote the ancient Greek ideals of Education, Philanthropy, Civic Responsibility, and Family and Individual Excellence through community service and volunteerism.